Who is More Overweight – Men Or Women?

No one can say for sure whether men are fatter or more overweight than women. Men and women gain weight differently when exposed to different conditions. 

There is a link between gender and weight gain. Men burn off more calories than women, and therefore gain weight slower. Biologically women have a higher average body fat content compared with men. During pregnancy, women tend to gain weight to provide sufficient nourishment for the growing baby.
 
Men and women grow fat in different parts of their bodies. For women it is normally at the hips and thighs and for men, more often than not, their pot bellies. So men look more like “apples” and women like “pears”. Most doctors agree this is due to a number of factors, including genetics, hormonal differences, body-fat distribution as well as the environment. 

Men and women gain weight very differently when they are exposed to stressful situations. Researchers found that women gain weight when they have problems with finances, rigid job routines, and strained family relationships. On the other hand, men gain weight mainly in response to work related problems and stress.  

According to scientific research, men and women also have different eating habits and preferences. In general, men prefer eating meat and poultry while women are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. Men view food as a matter of enjoyment whereas women tend to be more concerned about their health and seek nutritional advice.
 
A new study by the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University in Montreal found that women eat more when they eat with a large group of female friends. However, when they eat with a smaller group of female friends, or dine with men, they eat less. This may be due to social conditioning. Women who eat less and who are thin are viewed as more feminine and attractive.  

Whether you are a man or woman, you should learn to manage your weight. Here are some tips:

  • Be aware of the stressors in your life and manage them
  • Exercise regularly
  • Adopt a routine of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet and include fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep; I would recommend at least 7 hours
  • Replace salty food with herbs and spices to enhance the taste
  • Reduce intake of fat, oil, salt and sugar
  • For those with bad appetite, try eating small but frequent meals
  • Take high-quality multivitamin, especially vitamin B, C and D each day
  • Avoid or minimize alcohol

 
If you have weight-related problems and know how to overcome them or have tips on healthy living, please share them with us.

Healthy Eating And The Great Sugar Scandal

I live in England and first visited America in 1978; not long after cheap transatlantic flights became available for the first time.

Until that point the bulk of my knowledge of the USA came from Hollywood, or the myriad American televisions shows that came our way from early childhood. The TV shows, especially, supplied a kind of shared experience that some parts of the rest of the world have with Americans. In some respects I suppose we felt that we knew America.

When the opportunity came to finally go there I knew that once I was home again there would be lots of questions from family and friends. People would want to know what it was really like: What did I see? Where did I go? Who did I meet and so on? From the moment I arrived I was on the look-out for impressions to take back.

The odd thing was that initially there were none. Or rather there were impressions, but they were mainly that America was a lot like it was on TV. New York looked like New York, the people had American accents and they really did say ‘Have a nice day’.

I began to think that I was going to return to England without any anecdotes or news to swap over a pint in the pub. We will leave the best anecdotes for another day and concentrate instead on the two things that I noticed that never came across on TV – at least not back then.

Firstly, the highly formatted and slick television shows mainly showed attractive and wealthy people in salubrious surroundings. Yet in more than one city in America I found myself in ghetto areas; places you wouldn’t want to be. The poverty and squalor were obvious and back then I felt that it was somewhat under-reported.

The second revelation was the obesity problem. I had never before seen so many fat people in one place. In fact, that was my main takeaway from my whole American vacation,’ Hey everybody, you won’t believe how fat Americans are!’

That was 1978. Just a few years later, around 1984, my company sent me to Aarhus in Denmark, a sea port where the diet seemed to be centred around fish, particularly herring, as I recall.

On that occasion I wasn’t particularly anxious to go home and supply reports on the state of Denmark, but nevertheless, I was left with one overriding impression of my visit: the Danes were very slim compared to the British.

It was then that I put two and two together and realised that we (the Brits) were trailing along on American coattails, yet again. We were definitely becoming obese and the trend started a little while after it happened to America, sometime in the 1970s.

Since that time I have learned that the trigger was the usage of High Fructose Corn Syrup that began in America around 1970 and went on a strong upward curve thereafter, though dipping a little since 2000.

Aside from the hideous HFCS, food manufacturers have for a long time been adding sugar to absolutely everything that comes in a can or a packet. Check the labels of just about anything -even weight loss foods – and you will see that sugar is added. Given that Western society is hopelessly reliant on convenience foods this pretty much amounts poisoning the population.

Reuters recently reported that health related issues are costing America around $200 billion per year and researchers at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania say that obese men will generate around $1,500 medical costs per person per year and overweight women with cost double that amount.

In the 1960s around 13% of the American adult population were obese; today it’s over 35%.

Just how much sugar are Americans loading up with? From all sources it’s around 45 tsp per day per person, or around 152 lbs of sugar per year. That’s about 150 lb more than an early America settler would have consumed.

Clearly, this amounts to a major international scandal. Sugar is tasty and addictive. The food manufacturers well understand the problem that they have created, but left to their own devices they will do nothing about it.

Although some government officials in various countries may whinge and whine on the matter from the margins, there is nothing very positive or constructive being done anywhere.

For the time being if you want to live as healthily as possible, for as long as possible, you will have to take responsibility for your own health and your family’s, otherwise at some point in your lives there will in all probability be consequences.

Fitness Centres – Everyone Can Use Them

Many Americans are obsessed with their health, but the United States remains a country of the obese. Obesity in the U.S. has taken the form of an epidemic, even though more information and more resources are available to us today than at any time in history. Why is this the case?

There are fitness facilities designed to meet the needs of people of all types and ages. Fitness centers exist for older individuals, young people, males, and females. There are fitness centers that are open 24-hours every day, facilities that provide day care and programs tailored to individual needs. It would appear that Americans would not have problems controlling their weight or improving their overall physical fitness with this wide array of choices.

Many fitness facilities even offer their new clients the chance to obtain an initial physical assessment, personalized training, and continuing consultations free with membership. Mothers with small children can take advantage of fitness centers that provide in-house day care facilities. If an individual feels uncomfortable exercising together with members of the opposite sex, fitness centers offer programs and classes for men only or women only.

Organized and instructor-based toning and heart health programs, such as Pilates and aerobics, are also offered by most health facilities. When joining a fitness center or gym, individuals are usually given a schedule of classes that are taught there and the times of the classes. Once a month, the facility will send out a newsletter and calendar providing updates on information about changes at the facility, classes, and other items of interest.

There is no reason that individuals cannot find a fitness center that suits them. The cost of a fitness program is generally not a problem because many employers provide free gym or fitness center memberships to their employees in order to reduce health insurance expenses and time lost on account of illnesses and injuries.

A healthy employee costs his or her employer about $1000 less every year than an employee who does not participate in a fitness program, according to researchers. If the employer does not offer a fitness plan, the monthly cost of membership in a gym will more than pay for itself in regard to maintaining better overall health. Individual medical bills will decrease, as will over-the-counter health needs, because exercise makes a body more capable or warding off germs.

Gyms and fitness centers nationwide are open every day to help people obtain better health and physical fitness. It is the responsibility of each person to take advantage of what they have to offer.

In Fighting Disease, Women Are Superior

When it comes to getting sick, any woman (and probably any honest man) will tell you guys are “wimps” – they just don’t cope with the coughing, sneezing, aches and such that come in fighting disease as well as women do. In fact, surveys have found that as many as 30% of men (vs. 22% of women) miss work because of cold or flu symptoms.

Now a new Canadian study helps to explain why.

It seems that the male immune system is just not as strong as the female – Females inflammatory response, a first line defense against bacteria and viruses, is more robust, quicker and more efficient at getting rid of invaders, all thanks to a naturally produced hormone.

This latest work, out of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, found that the female sex hormone, oestrogen, seems to be able to counter the effect of enzyme Caspase-12, known to block the inflammatory process.

For this study, human Caspase-12 was implanted into mice that didn’t have the gene, which gave them super strong immune systems. Both male and female mice were used, but in the end only the males were more prone to infection, the females were unchanged… immunity just as strong as ever.

The team believes that the oestrogen in the bodies of the female mice somehow protected them, keeping the troublesome, inflammation-blocking Caspase-12 gene from working.

Such a finding came as a bit of a surprise, so the team took the work to the next step, locating the place where the hormone binds to the gene and blocks its action.

“These results demonstrate that women have a more powerful inflammatory response than men,” explains lead researcher Dr. Maya Saleh of McGill University. “We were also able to locate where the oestrogen receptor binds on the gene in order to block its expression, which indicates that the hormone exerts direct action in this case.”

The newest Canadian research builds on a solid body of evidence that points to females being better at fighting infection, though most guys don’t like to admit it.

Men have repeatedly been found to be more vulnerable to infection by bacteria, viruses, fungi and even… worms.

This makes evolutionary sense, healthy women are necessary to produce and nurture the next generation – rather vital if humans are to survive.

The stronger immune response of women may simply be Mother Nature’s way of ensuring the continuation of our species.

The hope is that this work helps uncover ways to reinforce our immunity by making changes to the genes themselves. Perhaps oestrogen-based medications could also be used to build up a man’s immunity – though how willing men would be to use the therapy is certainly in question.

In the meantime, we can all take comfort in the fact that “man flu” has a basis in fact, and shows why women in fighting disease handle illness better and men struggle so.

How Can Healthy Living Choices Prevent Birth Defects?

Every year, costs on birth defect related hospital bills exceed USD 2.6 billion.

Type of birth defects. It can occur as a result of a various factors at any point in the pregnancy. Mostly, they occur due to a combination of environment factors, genetics and individual behaviour.

According to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), the most common defect is down syndrome with around 6,000 cases per year. Cleft lip is around 4,500 cases and cases for hole in the heart around 2,000 cases per year.

Coleen Boyle, the director of the National Centre on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, cautions that defects not only affect the patient but also the entire family – both emotionally, physically and financially. Thus it is important to take preventive measures.

Though experts do not know the causes of quite a few birth defects and not all birth defects are preventable, preventive measures can still be undertaken by the mother and her family to reduce the risks of occurrence.

Small steps like going for regular check-ups, taking care of yourself and adding 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid in your diet can go a long way into prevention.
Planning ahead.

The foetus is most vulnerable in the initial stages of the pregnancy that is the first three months. This is the time when the organs of the baby are being formed. Thus, preparing in advance, even before conception, can help improve the baby’s chances.

Based on CDC’s statistics, most pregnancies are unplanned. Hence they suggest that women of childbearing age should in general take care of their health to ensure future health of their babies.

If mothers take the 400 mcg of folic acid, 70% of neural tube defects, 36% spina bifida defects and 17% anencephaly (incomplete formation of the brain, skull and scalp) could be prevented.

Consumption of harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco can cause severe birth defects, premature births, sudden infant death syndrome and miscarriage. Care should be taken to avoid these substances, especially if a couple is trying to get pregnant.

Mothers can also help their unborn children by following a healthy lifestyle which includes following a healthy and balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. A balanced diet containing fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats is recommended. A healthy lifestyle has the potential of halving the occurrence of birth defects.

Another point of prevention could be women ensuring that they have gotten all their vaccination shots to prevent catching infections.

The habit of pill-popping should also be avoided. Especially for pregnant moms, any medication they take should be in consultation with their doctors.

What can men do?

While the onus of child bearing is with the women, men too can be part of this initiative by being aware and reading up some literature. If they know of some existing genetic history, they should actively participate in uncovering as much information as possible. While the women are making healthier life choices, men should too, by making similar lifestyle adjustments.

So this new year, make a resolution to follow a healthy lifestyle – immaterial of whether or not you plan to start a family.

What Services Can You Find in a Chiropractic Centre?

When you visit a chiropractic centre, you can expect a normal array of chiropractic treatments. However, many work as a wellness centre as well as a chiropractic treatment facility. The basic services you should expect of the chiropractor should include assessments, spinal manipulation, and chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractor should offer an initial assessment of your problems. This assessment will involve taking a full medical history and performing a basic exam to evaluate the situation. The assessment may also involve some tests to see what your normal range of motion is. From this initial assessment, the chiropractor can create a custom treatment program.

Another common service offered in a chiropractic centre is special treatment for pregnancy related issues. Many women going through pregnancy can experience a range of pain. Much of this comes from the body’s natural realignment as the baby grows. This forces the pelvis and back to move out of normal alignment. Many use chiropractic care to keep these pains under control in order to have a healthy, pain free pregnancy where possible. The chiropractor will use non-invasive techniques to help the body deal with the weight of the baby pulling the spine and pelvis out of normal alignment.

A chiropractic centre can offer help with sports injuries as well. As the body gets over the initial pain, it goes into the healing mode. Sports chiropractic treatments can help. The chiropractor can keep the body in alignment as the injury heals. This helps the patient experience normal range of motion quicker as a result. Registered chiropractors can work with your normal rehab program to give your body the best chance of quick healing so you can get back to your favourite activity. When it comes to chiropractic, children are also good candidates to come in for treatment, especially with sports injuries.

When visiting a chiropractic centre for the first time, you might be surprised at the range of services they offer. Chiropractic education is often a big surprise. There is still a certain stigma related to the practice in some areas. By offering education, the chiropractors can bring the truth about the treatments to their patients. If you are dealing with back pain or another chronic pain source, find a chiropractor to help. Many patients find they get great relief from a chiropractic treatment that they never got with mainstream treatments. It is well worth a visit today for anyone dealing with such a situation.

Healthy Love, Healthy Life

At the end of this article Jason and I offer three principles that are key for maintaining amazing relationships. But it’s not just about your relationship. In our workshops and in my alternative medicine practice, we’ve seen firsthand the close connection between the quality of people’s intimate relationships, their emotional well being and a person’s mental and physical health. Resolving emotional obstacles created by relationship challenges is critical for living a healthy lifestyle.

First, a little background.

In the fall of 2009, Dr. David Simon, the Medical Director of the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing, and author of Free to Love Free to Heal, made the following comment on the research direction being undertaken by the United States Government’s National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

“My experience is that many people seeking alternative healthcare approaches are struggling with unresolved emotional needs, which have been poorly addressed by both the conventional and alternative medical communities…We should refocus the efforts of NCCAM on the emotional-physical connection, seeking more effective ways to help people heal their bodies by healing their emotions.”

– Dr. David Simon, “Alternative Medicine Research Questioned”, The Noetic Post, (Fall/Winter 2009-10)

The emotional impact of problems in personal intimate relationships is powerful; and we know from research that the stress caused by these emotional upheavals can lead to mental and physical health challenges ranging from depression to heart disease.

Emotional dis-ease can be caused by other triggers than relationships, but…

Finances, career issues, and control over time are just a few common causes of stress and emotional upheaval. Problems in relationships, however, are inherently different from an emotional perspective. By definition, relationships are emotional. Most other causes of stress are not. Without emotion there is no relationship. Relationships between people are defined by the emotions they create – e.g., love, hate, anger, happiness, lust.

On the other hand, there is no inherent connection between emotions and stressors like finances or career progression. Although a variety of emotions can accompany outcomes in these areas, those emotions are not necessarily part of the package. How do we know this? Because, for example, you can separate finances and your emotions. Financial experts will tell you to not become attached to any particular outcome in your investments. Remain detached and objective. In other words, don’t let your emotions rule your financial decisions and results. It can be a challenge, but it’s possible.

Can you imagine, however, a relationship counselor offering similar advice? “Don’t become emotionally attached to your husband or to the outcome of your marriage.” It wouldn’t happen. Relationships and emotions cannot be separated. As your relationships go, so go your emotions; and, as Dr. Simon points out, as your emotions go so goes your health. Therefore, when we talk about healing the body by healing emotions an appropriate amount of attention must be given to healing relationships.

Principles You Can Use Today

The good news is that understanding a few simple principles of natural relating can both heal emotional distress from past and current relationships as well as cement fulfilling and satisfying relationships as a permanent part of your healthy lifestyle. Three of these principles are found in the following 2 simple sentences, which we include in almost every email we send:

“Now Go Appreciate a Man and Cherish a Woman. That’s All It Takes.”

Let’s look at these two sentences more closely:

1) “Appreciate a Man”

Women underestimate the impact they have on men. During a dinner party in 2008, Donna asked one of the guests what one thing she would like every man to know about women. She thought for a moment, then said, “I would like men to know just how powerful women are.” A few minutes later Donna asked a man a similar question, “What one thing would you like women to know about men?” He answered, “That men know women are powerful.”

As a woman, everything you say, how you say it and the look on your face when you say it impacts men powerfully. Nothing impacts a man for the good more than your approval and appreciation of what he does for you and your family. Here’s the formula, that when applied consistently, will produce magical results:

Thank him (include what you’re thanking him for) + How what he did made you feel = 1 Highly-Motivated Man

Your appreciation of him is the fuel that drives him at home, in the office and in your relationship. If he knows he’s winning with you he will move mountains.

2) “Cherish a Woman”

Men feel best when they are producing. It’s what they’re good at and what they enjoy most. That’s why many men wish – even pray – that providing a nice home, paying all the bills, springing for the occasional vacation and showering her with gifts is all it takes to make her happy. For men that stuff is easy. What women really want in relationship, however, is to be cherished, to receive quality attention from her guy. For men, entering this realm called “relationship” is not where they are at their best. It’s outside their natural domain.

What does quality attention look like? It’s asking her how her day was and really listening to what she says. It’s showing her she’s on your mind by hiding romantic notes in places where you know she’ll find them. It’s sending her a spontaneous email from the office telling her you love her. It’s looking her in the eyes when you talk to her. It’s hearing the big and little things she wants and getting them for her. It’s making love to her in a way that says she’s precious and the only woman for you.

3) “That’s All It Takes”

If your relationship seems like work – if it seems too complicated – you’re taking the hard route. Remembering to K.I.S.S. can help – Keep It Simple and Satisfying (and K.I.S.S. a lot!). And a simple way to a more satisfying relationship is to appreciate him and cherish her. During the “Divine Dance of the Sexes” Couples Weekend Workshop we look at these and many other principles of natural relating in much more detail. At a basic level, however, appreciating him and cherishing her is a powerful place to start.

Why Pregnant Women Benefit From Regular Chiropractor Visits

Many women often avoid visiting a chiropractor during the term of their pregnancy, fearing the chiropractic treatments could cause fetal complications. However, clinical studies show the opposite: that chiropractic care can actually reduce complications in the birth and can help the mother-to-be to stay healthy during the pregnancy. As your health as a pregnant woman directly affects the health of your baby, you want to be as healthy as possible during the pregnancy.

As the fetus develops in the womb, the mother may find that some organs feel “squished” or out of alignment. Carrying a heavy weight in the middle of the body for several months can cause the spine to move out of alignment, which can cause a number of medical and health concerns for the mother-to-be.

One of the key ways a chiropractor can assist the pregnant mother and the baby is to restore balance in the pelvic area. A misaligned pelvis can cause the baby to shift to a position that makes natural delivery difficult. Chiropractic care during a pregnancy could prevent a potential cesarean section by aligning the pelvis to enable the woman to give birth naturally. This also decreases the amount of stress placed on the uterus, so it could reduce the stress the baby feels.

Chiropractic care is holistic therapy because it considers how the nervous system interacts with every part of the body. Chiropractors have training in understanding how hormonal changes during a pregnancy can affect the body. While some of the hormonal changes are externally obvious, some are internal. A chiropractor can recognize when a pregnancy is being adversely affected by changes to the nervous system and can use special techniques to correct the undue pressure on the nervous system.

Swelling, fatigue, and pain are common discomforts during pregnancy. Chiropractors can help pregnant women to organize exercise regimes and work-outs that prevent fatigue and ensure the blood continues circulating throughout the body during the pregnancy, reducing swelling in areas such as the feet.

A chiropractor can help to alleviate the nausea often associated with pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Even though the baby may not yet ‘show’, the baby will be causing changes to the body. A series of treatments could alleviate the nausea caused by hormonal changes.

Back pain is one of the biggest challenges facing pregnant women, particularly in the last trimester. As the baby grows, the woman experiences increased pressure on the back muscles. Her centre of gravity shifts and this can cause constant back pain. A chiropractor can alleviate this pain and provide the woman with help to reduce further pain as the baby continues to grow.

Chiropractic care is completely safe for both the mother-to-be and the growing baby. A chiropractor can gently manipulate any spinal misalignments that the baby causes so that the mother remains comfortable and healthy throughout the pregnancy. Chiropractic care is natural and holistic, so pregnant women who are concerned about taking drugs, such as painkillers, during pregnancy can still gain alleviation from the pain. In fact, chiropractic treatments can be more effective than painkillers.

Pregnant women are consulting chiropractors for a wide variety of reasons. A good chiropractor offers holistic care for both the woman and the baby she is carrying, so that both can be safe, comfortable, and healthy during this precious time of growth.

Some Medical Tests Could Save Lives Of Texans

With the great advances in medical care in recent years, many of them related to early detection of disease, it makes more and more sense for residents of Dallas, Houston, Austin and throughout Texas to take advantage of what is available, Those who do so are more likely to live longer, some experts say.

History supports the idea with at least one example, the death rate associated with cervical cancer. Fifty years ago, cervical cancer was responsible for killing more women than any other form of cancer. When medical science developed the Pap test, which can identify cervical cancer before it starts, the death rate began going down; today cervical cancer is number 15 on the list of cancers that kill American women.

Not every test is perfect, say experts, and that goes for the Pap test. For every five women who have cancerous or precancerous cervical cells, at least one will have a test mistakenly reported as normal, according to the National Institutes of Health. Because this type of cancer develops slowly, a woman’s next test should be a better indicator, but a so-called “false negative” can result in a delay, which could be dangerous when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

Another common test that can have lifesaving benefits for Texans is the colonoscopy, which is performed by a doctor inserting a flexible, lighted tube into the rectum and guiding it into the colon to look for and remove growths called polyps, the source of most colon cancers.

While the Centers for Disease Control reports a drop in deaths from colon cancer from more than 57,000 in 2000 to 53,580 in 2004, one problem identified by some researchers is that doctors who do the exam too quickly won’t see the full benefit of the screening.

In doing colonoscopies, experience is seen to be a factor. Some experts suggest asking the physician how many colonoscopies are done in a typical morning. Ten is a reasonable number, the experts say.

Another test known to be effective in saving lives is the screening for human papilloma virus. Commonly referred to as an HPV test, the procedure indentifies the virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. The HPV test is used with the Pap to screen women over the age of 30, and is used to assess whether they have been infected with any of the 13 HPV types that are linked to the cancer. The HPV test is also suggested for younger women if a Pap test shows there is a possible problem.

Testing for breast cancer includes having a mammogram, one of the more basic methods of screening. While mammograms have generated some controversy, the result of a Danish research study that said there was no good evidence behind its widespread use, both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have since come out in favor of the test for women, starting at age 40.

For women 50 and older, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reports that an annual mammogram cuts the risk of dying of breast cancer by at least 16%. The test does have its flaws, however, including the potential for it to indicate an abnormality when one isn’t really there. While the argument can be made against getting a false alarm, what is more worrisome are surveys showing that, in about 20% of cases where cancer is present, a mammogram doesn’t detect it.

Patients who remain concerned are sometimes encouraged to ask for a double-check of an x-ray. Another strategy is to ask the testing facility about its reading practices. Some experts say that x-rays should ideally be read by two radiologists or scanned by computer-assisted detection technologies which can improve the accuracy of the tests.

Some experts also suggest that women who are at higher risk have an MRI done each year, the idea being that higher detection rates typically come from the MRI versus a mammogram. In a study by Ellen Warner, MD, a medical oncologist at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, the MRI found 77% of cancers, compared with 36% detected by mammography. At the same time, women at average risk are not encouraged to get an MRI because of a high false-positive rate — it often signals cancer when none is present.

Not all news on the cancer front is good news.

One standout point of concern is with melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer that has the distinction of being the only cancer that can be screened for that is on the increase, both in the number of new cases and in the death rate.

The American Cancer Society suggests getting a once-over for melanoma at every checkup. Because melanoma can occur in surprising spots that are difficult to examine yourself, like the eyes, gums, and genitals, experts say a full-body check is the best protection. Patients should take advantage of routine exams by asking their dentist, eye doctor, and gynecologist to look for pigmented lesions or other suspicious changes.

Early detection of cancer can be one of the more effective ways of remaining healthy. If you’re a young individual who tries to keep informed and maintain a healthy condition and lifestyle, you should take a look at the revolutionary, comprehensive and highly-affordable individual health insurance solutions created by Precedent specifically for you. For more information, visit us at our website, [http://www.precedent.com]. We offer a unique and innovative suite of individual health insurance solutions, including highly competitive HSA-qualified plans and an unparalleled “real-time” application and acceptance experience.

10 Tips on Managing Moods For Women

Women’s hormones fluctuate so much and so often a woman can find herself in emotional turmoil. Have you ever felt you have multiple personalities that read like this, all within the span of a month?:

Adventurer Annie

Go with the Flow Florence

I’m getting Tense Tina

Exploding Ebony

Melancholy Melanie

Peaceful Penelope

Loving Laura,

and Sexy Suzie?

We are made to experience a variety of emotions. Sometimes our personalities play a part. Sometimes our upbringing or environment contribute to our modus operandi or attitude. All of these elements thrown in with hormonal fluctuations can leave a woman wondering who she really is.

Sometimes we serve ourselves well to feel the emotions instead of ignoring them. Feeling them, crying, journaling our thoughts can bring us back to centre. What is important during emotional times is to know what to believe and what to discard. It is equally important to keep hope in place, so that we can wade through the turmoil.

We are made up of our personality and our hormones, but we are also made up of our thoughts, goals and dreams. Of course, if there are underlying unresolved issues, we are well served to dive into them with the help of a counsellor.

Many women feel using a counsellor indicates they “have a problem” when all they really need in their life is someone to talk to, someone to help them regain perspective, someone with whom to make goals with. Life Coaching is different than counselling. It is a relatively new process to help meet the need women have for support without having to go through therapy.

You don’t have to have a problem to use a life coach. Actually life coaching is for healthy women who need to gain some clarity or find encouragement.

If you chose not to use a life coach, there are a few truths you can adopt to help you with your multiple moods:

  1. Know that you are not alone in how you are feeling.
  2. Know that what you are feeling can work for your good. Getting in touch with what is important in life helps us reach out to others and move forward as we look for ways to fill the gaps.
  3. Try writing your thoughts in a journal or via computer. Look back on them over the course of time to see any patterns, half-truths or for encouragement.
  4. Remember happy, positive or uplifting times and hold on to them.
  5. Make plans for what you think is missing in your life and set goals to fill the voids.
  6. Take risks. For instance, if you keep thinking of a club or business you’d like to be part of, start one!
  7. Hang out with positive people. Don’t spend your life alone in front of a television. Don’t isolate. Don’t phone the friend who brings you down. Find someone who is a good role model and find out how they keep going.
  8. Read positive and uplifting materials. Keep learning and growing.
  9. Find ways to help people, the earth, animals or charities.
  10. Get busy and active. Get out of the house and do yard work, go for brisk walks, help the elderly, jog, spend a day at the mall, go mini-golfing. A change of environment and activity level may just be what you need to recharge your batteries.

Don’t despair. If you do try a few of these self-help ideas and are still not happy with the results, visit your medical doctor to discuss your situation. You may benefit from other professional help.